The Government through the Health Ministry has plans to construct a 324-bed capacity Specialized National Referral and Teaching Hospital in Gulu City. The Gulu West Member of Parliament, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Friday that president, Yoweri Museveni has already endorsed the plan.
According to Mapenduzi, the multimillion health facility will be implemented by the Health Ministry in partnership with the Austrian government.
He however says the Ministry has set a list of conditions for Gulu City authorities to fulfill before the construction work kicks off. Among the conditions is the acquisition of 10 acres of land within a radius of 5km from the city center for the establishment of the hospital, access to a paved road, and proximity to electricity and water.
Mapenduzi has now called on the leadership in the city to work tirelessly in fulfilling the conditions set by the Health Ministry to ensure the project is implemented in the region.
The Commissioner in charge of Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of Health, Eng. George Otim has confirmed the development but noted that the plans were still at a preliminary stage. “It’s true we are going to construct a specialized national hospital in Gulu but we are still at a preliminary stage, we don’t want a lot of publication about it,” said Otim. Gulu City Council Health Officer Dr. Daniel Okello told Uganda Radio Network that once implemented, the project will address the exorbitant costs patients face in seeking specialized health care in Kampala.
Efforts to get comments from the Gulu City Council Mayor Alfred Okwonga on the development were futile by the time of filing this story. Uganda Radio Network however understands that following engagement between a section of leaders from the region and Gulu City officials, suitable land measuring about 10 acres situated in the bardege-Laroo Division has already been identified.
It’s unclear how much the government has injected towards the construction of the specialized health facility. According to information Uganda Radio Network obtained, once its construction is fully completed, the facility will offer clinical services, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, radiology services, surgical services, laboratory and pathology services, and outpatient and functional diagnostics.
Other services are endoscopy, inpatient, intensive, and clinical care services (32 beds), dialysis services (12 beds), accident and emergency services, obstetrics, rehabilitation, clinical teaching, and education services among others.